Nitrofurazone puffer is an antibiotic powder used to treat eye and ear infections in dogs and cats. Nitrofurazone puffer may be useful to prevent and treat minor surface cuts and wounds. Nitrofurazone puffer is not for use in food animals. Nitrofurazone puffer is available in an easy-to-use 1.59 oz (45 g) squeeze bottle.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- 0.2% Nitrofurazone in a water-soluble base
- Nitrofurazone puffer is sold without a prescription (ie. OTC/over the counter)
- Registered for use in non-food animals only
- Used topically
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used to treat ear and eye infections (e.g. pink eye)
- Used to treat surface wounds, cuts and abrasions
Read and follow the label carefully.
Depending upon the type of lesion or wound, your veterinarian may want to perform a culture evaluation of the site prior to starting this medication.
For serious burns, deep or puncture wounds, contact your veterinarian.
Shake or rotate bottle to loosen powder before using.
Follow your veterinarian’s directions for the number of treatments per day and duration of treatment.
Always wear gloves while using this product, and wash your hands thoroughly after use.
Eye infections: Remove cap and squeeze container to force a stream of powder directly into the eye. Repeat treatment daily. If there is no improvement after 4 days, consult your veterinarian for a new diagnosis.
Ear infections: Clean out inside of ear and ear canal with cotton swab. Insert nozzle of container into ear canal and squeeze twice. Repeat daily until improvement is observed.
Wounds, cuts, abrasions: Apply daily until danger from infection is eliminated or until healing takes place.
Do not allow animal(s) to lick this product off. Distract animal following treatment for several minutes.
WHAT IF A TREATMENT IS MISSED?
If a treatment is missed, perform it as soon as you can. If it is already time for the next treatment, skip the missed treatment and go back to the normal schedule.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Store at room temperature 15-30°C (59-86°F) away from heat and light. Avoid excessive heat.
N.B. Carcinogenesis: Nitrofurazone has been shown to produce mammary tumours in rats and ovarian tumors in mice.
Some people may be hypersensitive to this product. Wear gloves when applying this product and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.
Federal law prohibits the use of this product in food-producing animals.
Restricted drug in California.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and animals.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- If you notice any unusual symptoms, discontinue use and contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you pet has accidentally ingested this medication or has received more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your animal need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your animal has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your animal has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your animal or plan to give your animal, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your animal's medicines can be given together.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medications, Nitrofurazone puffer should only be used on the animal for which it was prescribed.
Nitrofurazone would be prohibited in any drug-free competition. Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
Nitrofurazone puffer should also only be used for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Nitrofurazone puffer. If you have any questions or concerns about Nitrofurazone puffer or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.